Marriage is give and take process and unfortunately spouses are not always 100% honest with their husband or wife. When it comes to tax law, the IRS takes that into account. The Innocent Spouse Rule is a measure in the U.S. Tax Code that allows someone to avoid paying back taxes or incorrect reporting’s if they were filed by their spouse. It’s essentially pleading ignorance to financial mismanagement as long as the spouse had no knowledge of the tax bill or their significant other’s failure to pay. In some cases, one spouse can be entirely responsible for the tax fraud when it was the other spouse who earned the majority of the income. That’s why it’s important to hire a competent tax attorney who can go over the details of your case and present your innocence to the IRS.
The Innocent-Spouse Rule is used more often than you’d think as many couples gain the majority of their income from only one partner. There is a few requirements that must be met however. First, the innocent spouse must be able to prove the mismanagement or tax fraud was committed by their husband or wife. The innocent spouse must also be able to establish they had no knowledge of their spouses’ activities and the relief application must be filed within two years of when the IRS began its investigation into the case.
When you’re in a situation where tax mismanagement by a spouse has left you with a huge burden, only a professional tax lawyer can help you establish your innocence. The Greenberg Law Group has helped countless people avoid being punished for the mistakes or fraudulent activity of their spouse. A tax lawyer can help you fill out the necessary forms and establish your innocence in front of the IRS.